Smelly Pe­nam­pang drains keep­ing cus­tomers away

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TRADERS in Dong­gongon town in Pe­nam­pang, Sabah, are urg­ing the dis­trict coun­cil to clean stag­nant wa­ter in drains, which is caus­ing an un­pleas­ant smell.

Warisan Ke­payan Ac­tion Force (WaKaf) rep­re­sen­ta­tive Son­nie Hamdin said traders had com­plained that their busi­ness had been af­fected by the sit­u­a­tion.

“Res­i­dents go to Dong­gongon to shop at the mall and mar­ket, as well as to eat in restau­rants and stalls.

“A restau­rant owner, who op­er­ates near a drain, com­plained that he had re­ceived fewer cus­tomers as they could not stand the smell from the drain.”

WaKaf, a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, said the dis­trict coun­cil had not been con­sis­tent in keep­ing the drain clean

It said the lo­cal au­thor­ity should deal with prob­lems faced by Pe­nam­pang res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly traders.

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Pe­nam­pang Dis­trict Coun­cil’s ser­vice depart­ment head Ka­mal Is­mail said the complaints were valid, adding the dis­trict of­fice was do­ing its best to clean dirty drains based on a sched­ule.

“We have 264 drains in hous­ing ar­eas, 22 drains in in­dus­trial ar­eas, and 64 drains in com­mer­cial ar­eas.

“The dis­trict coun­cil has re­ceived many complaints, but we are fac­ing a short­age of man­power.

“We have only two staff from the drainage clean­ing di­vi­sion and we have added an­other two staff from the grass clean­ing di­vi­sion to help with the mat­ter.

“Even so, we are un­able to cope with the work load.

“It’s not true to say the dis­trict coun­cil is not do­ing any­thing.

“We do clean­ing based on complaints. If there is a new one, we will re­spond to it, but we have to fol­low the queue,” he said.

Ka­mal said he had ap­plied for ad­di­tional work­ers and pro­posed to ap­point a sub­sidiary com­pany to han­dle drain clean­ing.

“This will be up to the man­age­ment (to ap­prove).

“At the same time, we urge peo­ple to keep their sur­round­ings clean and not to throw rub­bish in­dis­crim­i­nately.

“It’s com­pul­sory for restau­rants to use a fil­ter when dis­pos­ing of grease.

“I hope op­er­a­tors will fol­low the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure and keep their sur­round­ings clean.”

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The smell from stag­nant wa­ter in Dong­gongon drains in Pe­nam­pang, Sabah, is af­fect­ing traders’ busi­ness.

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